Elder Care in Cascade, MI: First Day of Summer and Ferris Wheel Day

Elderly home care providers are always looking for fun and interesting ways to spend time with their elderly adults. June 21st is host to two celebrations, and they go very well with each other! The First Day of Summer and National Ferris Wheel Day.

June 21st marks Summer Solstice, and in the Northern Hemisphere, it happens to be the longest day of the year. If you live at the North Pole, the sun will not set on this day at all. From June 21st until December 21st (Winter Solstice), the days will gradually grow shorter. In the Southern Hemisphere, the exact opposite is true.

Celebrating the First Day of Summer

Some fun ideas to do on this day, depending on the weather where you live:

  • Take a walk on the beach. Or in the park, down the block, wherever you can go.
  • Go for a swim or walk barefoot through the public fountains (where it’s allowed of course).
  • Go for a picnic or a drive in the country.

Elder Care in Cascade, MIFerris Wheel Day

June 21, 1893 marks the day that the first Ferris Wheel was displayed at Chicago Exposition. It was designed by a man named George W. Ferris and included 36 luxury units, closed for safety. It cost riders fifty cents for the ride, and they enjoyed a 20 minute Ferris wheel ride. Happy Ferris Wheel Day!

To celebrate:

  • Find a local carnival or amusement park. If your aging loved one isn’t keen on going on the Ferris wheel, buy some popcorn or carnival food and sit and watch the kids get on the Ferris wheel and go for a ride.

If your elderly loved one can’t leave the house to celebrate either of these two occasions, try to bring the fun inside to the loved one. For First Day of Summer, bring in a lovely potted plant or capture some of the first signs of summer with a digital camera and then share a slide presentation with him/her.

The Ferris wheel ride might be out of the question; instead, find a movie with a Ferris wheel in it to watch or look up Ferris wheels on the computer and show your loved one a time-lapse presentation of Ferris wheels: then and now. It may be fun for him/her to reminisce about carnival rides that they enjoyed at a younger age, in a different time.

If you or someone you know needs help with elder care in Cascade, MI contact the caregivers at Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (616) 658-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.